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2015 CAD Table installed for Dunwoody Design students

Dunwoody students and faculty are celebrating the installation of the College’s newest piece of equipment- a Kongsberg V20 CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Table. Kongsberg, a division of Esko, Inc. (a valued partner to the Design & Graphics Technology department) manufactures its tables in the Czech Republic and sells them worldwide.

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The new table and software allows users to design and produce cartons, containers, retail displays, signage and die cut art made from a wide array of materials including paper, plastic and corrugated cardboard. The upgraded table cuts 1,150 inches per minute- nearly 10 times faster than the College’s previous CAD table.

While students of multiple Dunwoody design programs will use and benefit from this new piece of equipment, perhaps those most excited are students of the Design & Graphics Technology department, particularly first years enrolled in the “Intro to Packaging Design” course.

The Packaging Design course, a class required for both Pre-Media and Graphic Design programs, centers around a semester-long project requiring students to work one-on-one with real customers on the design and production of a custom package using the CAD table’s 2015 technology.

The project begins once the student identifies a real customer (e.g., a Dunwoody staff member, instructor or a local business owner) who is in need of a container or package for a certain product.

IMG_6582-smallerKeeping in mind the ultimate purpose or goal of the container, the student begins to design a template for the package using Esko’s ArtiosCAD design software. The resulting file is transferred without further conversion to the CAD table’s computer, which runs Esko’s iCut Production Suite software.

The package’s template will ultimately consist of a large collection of lines (pictured above) that tells the table where the material must be cut, perforated or creased for folding.

IMG_6181-smallerOnce the template has been finalized and the designer has chosen an appropriate type of material to cut, the computer will send a message to the table’s tool head (pictured right) to begin cutting.

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Before cutting

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After cutting

The designer then “pops out” the design (pictured below), assembles the container and issues it to the customer. Should the prototype be something the customer is genuinely interested in using or distributing, the student may share the design template with a larger production house for mass production. Any single design can be stepped and repeated or ganged with other design templates before cutting to maximize productivity and minimize waste. All scrap corrugated and paper is collected for recycling (pictured below), quite often returning in the form of new corrugated sheets.

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Scrap corrugated ready for recycling

At the end of the semester students are graded on their knowledge of the CAD table as well as their ability to successfully work with clients, and design and produce a purposeful, real-life product. The project is a great opportunity for students to network, build their resumes and portfolios and experience design and production in its entirety.

“There is a lot of excitement throughout the department right now,” says Pete Rivard, Principal Instructor of Pre-Media Technologies, when discussing the recent installation. “Students are having a hard time paying attention in Photoshop class because they are too busy refining their package designs! Although we obviously want them to pay attention to their other courses, it is neat to see them so excited about their projects. Package design is a complex process. Nobody gets it right the first time, even out in industry. So to have this table in our lab gives every student in the program a second, third or seventeenth chance to adjust their designs to meet the demands of the material. The finished result should be the equal to any carton on any store shelf anywhere.”

The 2015 table is also generating buzz throughout the community as Dunwoody is currently the only College in the state of Minnesota that has this table for the use of packaging and retail display design. Dunwoody also enjoys the support of local corrugated manufacturer and box design business Liberty Carton, who happily provides the graphics program with all the corrugated material it needs.

“The table also helps with the ‘hands-on’ piece of Dunwoody’s curriculum,” says Rivard. “Because of this table, our students will not only learn the process of packaging design, but will really get to experience it first hand. The act of manually folding and assembling and evaluating a physical object that you yourself designed and cut is a powerful experience, and causes students to want to do better.”

Rivard plans to continue the momentum this table has brought by providing CAD table demonstrations for design students and faculty from various Minnesota colleges, as well as professionals in the design and packaging industry, at the upcoming AIGA PIVOT event on April 22.

Dunwoody’s Design & Graphics Technology department offers AAS degrees in both Graphic Design and Pre-Media Technologies.

Architectural Drafting & Design students win Hole Design trophy at Skyway Open

The golf hole Dunwoody Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built won the award for 2014 Top Hole Design at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.

 

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The golf hole Dunwoody’s Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built will be featured at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.

This 18-hole scramble mini-golf tournament features professionally designed golf holes by leading Minneapolis-based architects and contractors set up throughout the downtown skyway system. Golfers can visit http://www.skywayopen.org/registration.php for registration and ticket information.

This year’s theme is “Minneapolis Neighborhoods — Putt the City.” Teams were challenged to create a golf hole that captures the personalities of the city’s communities.

Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

This is the first year Dunwoody has participated in the charity event. Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

“This structural metaphor claims Hennepin Avenue as the original neighborhood, the Minneapolis section of a Native American path through the Midwest known as the Spirit Lake Trail,” explained Senior Instructor John Dwyer. “The structure is composed to invert our common perceptions of the city. The top layers represent the less perceivable topography and geology. The lower layers represent the more easily perceivable streets and neighborhood delineations.”

The Skyway Open is hosted by the Downtown Network and benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. For more information about the event, visit http://www.skywayopen.org/.

 

 

Kate L. Dunwoody Women’s Luncheon is Oct. 24

Attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader and mother Nena Fox will be the guest speaker at the Kate L. Dunwoody Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis. Her presentation will focus on women as entrepreneurs. The luncheon recognizes the vision and generosity of Kate L. Dunwoody with the mission of raising funds for women’s scholarships.

 

About Nena:

As a Senior Associate at the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Nena practices in the areas of real estate development and government contracting. She helps developers and local governments secure financing and partner to accomplish complex land use, development, employment and infrastructure goals.

As Founder & CEO of the Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP), Nena is spearheading the effort to build a research park and business incubator for the robotics industry in Minnesota.

Nena is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Citizens League Board of Directors. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School for three years where she taught a course on Local Economic Development. She is also a graduate of the Minneapolis FBI Citizens Academy. In 2013 Nena received the (REAL) Power 50 Award by Minnesota Business Magazine, the Progress Minnesota Award by Finance & Commerce, and was named one of the 40 Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Nena has a three year-old daughter named Mary Lou. She describes herself as a “maker” and “a geek at heart.”

 

Event information:

 

Lunch & Program: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $35 (free to female students, RSVP required)

Table Sponsors: $280 (Includes 7 guests and hosts 1 student attendee)

 

Location: Dunwoody College of Technology

RSVP: October 21, 2013

Payments made to:  Dunwoody College of Technology

Questions:  612-381-3064, or email Alumni@Dunwoody.edu

Dunwoody offers free robotics seminars for high school students

Calling all Twin Cities high school students interested in robotics:

Dunwoody College is offering free Saturday training sessions to any high school student actively participating in robotics. This can include the Midwest Robotics League, FIRST Robotics at any level or just a general interest in engineering, design, electronics or robotics. Mentors and parents are welcome to attend, but the hands-on portion of all activities are reserved for the students.

Topics include: basic electricity, Solidworks design, shop skills, industrial robotics and an introduction to LabVIEW.

Courses take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the dates for the seminars are: Oct. 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

For details and to RSVP, email E.J. Daigle, director of Manufacturing & Robotics, at edaigle@dunwoody.edu.

RENEW celebrates job training success at Dunwoody

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak (pictured above, far right) was just one of several speakers at a July 27 event held at Dunwoody College celebrating the work of RENEW (Renewable Energy Networks Empowering Workers). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, RENEW helped more than 580 Twin Cities residents get training for green careers. Dunwoody Custom Training & Continuing Education was one of several organizations that helped provide training.

In addition to the celebration, a job fair was held for RENEW participants. For more details, view the City of Minneapolis news release and today’s story in the Downtown Journal (final item).

Minneapolis Fire Department gets some hands-on welding experience at Dunwoody

Station 4 MFD firefighters and Welding instructors and students

MFD firefighters from Station 4 (in green jackets) with Welding Technology instructors and students

Firefighters from Minneapolis Fire Department’s Station 4 were on campus March 17 for some basic welding instruction and training. The training included proper and safe use of equipment and some cutting practice with both plasma and oxyacetylene welders.

“The training has been excellent,” said MFD firefighter Chris Husnik. “Familiarizing ourselves with the equipment and the layout of the shop also helps us knows what to look for in case of emergency.”

Station 4 is assigned to respond to emergencies at the College and so knowing about the layout of and flammable materials in the welding shop is useful to the emergency responders should a situation arise — whether at Dunwoody or at one of the many other machine and metal shops that are in Section 4’s area, which includes Minneapolis’ warehouse district.

Husnik also said that the welding introduction could be useful in evaluating tools that could help the firefighter in their jobs. For example, although they currently have pneumatic and hydraulic cutters, it might make sense at some point for them to also acquire plasma cutters for use in confined spaces where the other cutters would be awkward to use (like in a building collapse). In addition, he noted that Station 4 does have some welding equipment on hand so it’ll be useful to know how to minor repairs on non-safety equipment (safety equipment would continue to be repaired professionally).

The event came about because Husnik and Senior Welding Instructor Mark Carter know each other from high school. Carter has also worked as a “paid, on call” firefighter in Ashland, Wisc., for three and a half years and is aware that it can be useful for firefighters to know about welding equipment.

The plan is for MFD to reciprocate later this spring by training Dunwoody students on safety and first aid.

“We were very excited to have the MFD fire fighters out for a day of training,” said Mark Carter, senior welding instructor. “It was great to be able to give a little back to them in recognition of all that they do for us and the community here in Minneapolis. We look forward to having them on campus again to train our students.”